Program Director - Obama Youth Jobs Corps

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Urban Alliance
Chicago, IL
Published 2 days ago

Position Summary

Are you a strong relationship manager with youth development experience and a passion for increasing economic opportunity for all? Urban Alliance (UA), a national youth workforce development nonprofit, is currently seeking a Program Director to oversee and expand the Obama Youth Jobs Corps (OYJC) and Teacher Institute (TI) on Chicago’s South Side. This position reports to the Chicago Executive Director with an opportunity to join a dynamic hard-working team that always puts students first and knows how to balance peer accountability with peer support.

About the Obama Youth Jobs Corps (OYJC)

In 2017, Urban Alliance partnered with the Obama Foundation to expand access to economic opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors from the south and west sides of Chicago with early workforce development trainings, social and emotional learning and civic engagement opportunities. The OYJC aims to build a diverse, equitable next-generation workforce by ensuring that young people of color have the tools needed to create change in their lives and communities.

About the Teacher Institute (TI)

The Teacher Institute launched in June 2020 to reach students earlier and strengthen the nexus between education and workforce with a multi-layered effort to expand workforce training opportunities for CPS students while building capacity at the school level. The institute trains approximately 15 CPS teachers annually who facilitate Urban Alliance’s SEL curriculum with sophomores at their respective high schools.

OYJC Program Director (PD) Responsibilities: The PD will lead a team of Program Managers responsible for daily facilitation and student, teacher and school support needs for the OYJC and TI programs. The PD’s responsibilities include developing and stewarding strong relationships with external stakeholders, including schools, community-based organizations, as well as ensuring high quality student and teacher learning and development goals are met with the following responsibilities:

Staff Management & Support

  • Manage, support and develop a growing team of two Program Managers who are responsible for day-to-day facilitation/logistical planning for student and teacher programming
  • Recruit, interview and hire program staff as needed;
  • Support, lead by example, and ensure team cohesion.

Program Management and Execution

  • Work in collaboration with school contacts and OYJC staff to develop and execute participant recruitment and retention strategies to meet growing annual impact goals.
  • Facilitate conversations with school staff to identify needs around professional skill development for youth in Chicago and provide suggestions for program content enhancements.
  • Oversee and assist the OYJC team with planning and facilitating of high-quality daily workshops focused on professional development and civic engagement for high school sophomores and juniors.
  • Support OYJC staff with facilitation of the annual Teacher Institute training week (August) and ensure teacher observation sessions and support goals are being met.
  • Ensure a safe and professional learning environment for students that encourages active participation, a high degree of student engagement and content retention.


External Relationship Management

  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school contacts with OYJC student participants and/or Teacher Institute teacher participants
  • Build relationships with community partner organizations who can help with support and resources as well as civic engagement opportunities for students.


Program Evaluation & Outcomes

  • Collaborate with UA’s national Evaluation team for programmatic assessment needs to consistently ensure OYJC and TI are tracking towards strong outcomes for youth
  • Apply data to guide program decisions for real-time course corrections and long-term strategy;
  • Provide participant updates to schools and partners as needed.


Budget Management

  • Collaborate with Executive Director and UA’s Finance team to build annual spending plans
  • Monitor OYJC and TI program budgets against annual spending plans to stay on target


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Experience managing staff required; experience managing a team preferred
  • At least five years prior experience in youth development, program operations, curriculum development, or teaching (or some combination of experience and graduate-level education)
  • Experience managing external partnerships
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines with demonstrated organization skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite

Core Competencies

  • Evidence of developing and implementing a program with strong results
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to develop and maintain deep relationships with a variety of diverse constituents
  • Ability to develop and execute long-term strategy while being able to pivot to meet immediate needs, or address unforeseen student needs, as they arise
  • Operates with a sense of urgency and thoughtfulness around accomplishing goals and objectives
  • Excellent judgement and sound decision-making skills
  • Strong organization skills and demonstrated ability to follow through

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Urban Alliance is a racial and social justice organization committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Urban Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Applicants from all underrepresented groups, including people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and DACA recipients are encouraged to apply.    

Position Summary

Are you a strong relationship manager with youth development experience and a passion for increasing economic opportunity for all? Urban Alliance (UA), a national youth workforce development nonprofit, is currently…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 12, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 5, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


$65,000 - $70,000


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Chicago, IL
Associated Location
226 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60604, USA
Suite 400

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